Judge OKs extra releases for Reagan shooter, Hinckley

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago is being granted additional time away from the Washington psychiatric hospital where he lives.

U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman on Wednesday approved an unspecified number of extra visits by John Hinckley to his mother’s home in Virginia.

Hinckley lives at St. Elizabeths Hospital. The hospital will file a plan either this month or in June for the additional releases.

Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office, says the number of additional visits will be specified in a future order from the judge.

He said Friedman set an October hearing date to discuss the plan.

Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity after shooting Reagan in 1981 as he left a Washington hotel.

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